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San Miguel upgrades ‘Boystown’ facilities

San Miguel Corp. (SMC), through packaging subsidiary San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corp. (SMYPC), is looking to train underprivileged youth for technical jobs to provide them access to economic opportunities.

SMC President and COO Ramon S. Ang committed to continue helping indigent students in the care of the Sisters of Mary Schools – Adlas Inc. (Boystown) in Silang, Cavite following SMYPC’s donation of manufacturing equipment and renovation of the school’s mechanical workshop.

“Now more than ever we need to produce bright, talented young minds that are central to driving the manufacturing sector forward. Through this program, we hope to raise the interest of the next generation of Filipinos and equip them with skills in modern technologies to make them industry-ready and self-reliant,” Ang said.

SMYPC and MESCO, Inc., a partner for machine tools, donated two computer numerical control (CNC) machines.

CNC machining is a manufacturing process in which pre-programmed computer software dictates the movement of factory tools and machinery. It can be used to control a range of complex cutting machinery, from grinders and lathes to mills and routers.

Both companies have committed to send a team of engineers and technicians to train the school’s faculty on the operations and maintenance of the CNC machines. The faculty will then train students on the use of the machines so they will be fully-equipped to handle them once they graduate and are employed at manufacturing facilities.

“Students need to have access to the equipment utilized in manufacturing today—to see, touch, and operate them. The CNC machine is an example of a vital piece of equipment currently used in the industry,” Ang said.

“More than that, these students should have the opportunity to learn in a well-equipped facility in order to prepare them for their future careers. I hope our recent effort will do just that.”

The workshop now houses a new and improved classroom, a metal crafting facility, and an area for the CNC machines. More than 500 students under the school’s one-year Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program will be making use of the upgraded facilities this school year.

The Sisters of Mary Schools, established in 1985, has long been known as a top institution that serves as school and home for deserving but indigent youth from underprivileged families that have been placed in their care. The school provides students free food, clothing, shelter, medical and dental services, and most importantly, secondary education.

SMC, through SMYPC, has been working closely with the Sisters of Mary Schools for the past sixteen years. The company regularly provides financial support, donates machine tools and manufacturing equipment, and assists in various school programs.

Since 2005, SMC’s partnership with the school has benefitted over 15,500 students.

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